Nickel Asia addresses anti-vaxxers
An employee at Taganito Mining in Claver, Surigao del Norte, studies the survey form about vaccination just before Dr. Ubial’s address to all NAC employees across the country.
As the Philippine government rolls out its vaccination program across the country, Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC) steps up to connect employees from all its subsidiaries across the country in a virtual conference that directly tackles all issues about the vaccines against COVID 19.
Former Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, who heads the Philippine Red Cross Molecular Laboratories, on Friday, addresses all issues, contentious and otherwise, to answer varied questions from NAC employees from Cagdianao Mining in Dinagat Islands; Cordillera Exploration from Ilocos Sur; Dinapigue Mining in Isabela; Emerging Powers from Subic; Hinatuan Mining and Taganito Mining from Surigao del Norte; and Rio Tuba Mining in Palawan.
NAC is aware that according to recent reports, and from its own internal surveys, 60% of Filipinos do not want to be vaccinated.
But Dr. Ubial’s statement that “the best vaccine is the one in your arm” resonated with all NAC employees and the company hopes that after 2 hours of detailed discussion with Dr. Ubial, this number will improve.
“The pandemic has basically pushed many of us to a corner and with the internet as constant companion, misinformation can spread like wildfire and there is bound to be skepticism. We at NAC believe that an information campaign on something so important like the vaccine can impact the lives of our employees and the residents in our mining communities,” explains Gerardo B. Ongkingco, NAC VP for Human Resources.
“Dr. Ubial helps us cascade authentic information to all our employees as she shares credible, digestible and evidence-based information that our people actually understand and can relate to,” says Ongkingco.
Employees from all of NAC subsidiaries across the country listen to a presentation by Dr. Ubial of the Philippine Red Cross regarding the vaccines for Covid 19.
NAC is among the first to respond to the challenges of COVID19, by expending an accumulated P50M from its 2020 social development funds during the early months of the pandemic. A separate budget of P18M was turned over to the Philippine Red Cross to build a molecular testing laboratory in Surigao City to support the province’s efforts for early detection of COVID-19 cases.
Lagunda to DENR employees: Live with our core values
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan- Assistant Secretary for Administration, Human Resources and Legislative Affairs Joan A. Lagunda has urged employees of DENR Region 2 to live with the Department’s core values during the Human Resource Leader’s Forum held on Feb.27 in Tuguegarao City.
During the HR Leader’s Forum, Asec. Lagunda pointed out the DENR core values: Discipline, Excellence, Nobility, and Responsibility. “Employee discipline is basic, kung disiplinado ka, everything will follow,” she explained.
She likewise emphasized that her priority agenda is holistic reform for the government service.
Lagunda also lectured ethics in the government service. She said that malversation of public funds, nepotism, and red tape are unlawful acts for a government servant.
“Ang padrino system o ang kamag-anak system ay hindi bawal pero hindi dapat,” she added.
After the forum, Lagunda also graced the 10th Annual General Assembly of the Kalipunan ng mga Kawani sa Kagawaran ng Kalikasan.
She likewise visited the 4 provincial environment and natural resources and 10 community environment and natural resources offices where she talked on DENR’s vision, mission, and core values.
MGB-II holds technical confab with mining companies
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. II conducted a technical conference with three large-scale mining companies in the region held on 7 January 2021 at MGB ROII- Multipurpose Hall.
The Bureau invited representatives from OceanaGold Philippines Inc., FCF Minerals Corporation, and Dinapigue Mining Corporation in a technical conference to discuss the update on their mining operations, regional geology, monitoring system, slope stability, and geohazard management.
MGB Regional Chief Mario A. Ancheta called out for a technical conference in connection with the recent mine site landslide that happened last December 2020 in Carmen Copper located at Toledo City, Cebu.
RD Ancheta emphasized during the technical conference to regularly monitor slope stability of areas in the mine site especially during calamities with heavy rain to avoid landslide incident.
He further stressed out that companies should adhere to the highest safety and health standards and to look for ways to improve its safety protocols.
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